Strong reviews for “Ms. Marvel”

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There have been some strong reviews from critics for “Ms. Marvel” which is Disney’s first on-screen Muslim superhero story.

The show centres around geeky teenager and Avengers comic book fangirl Kamala Khan, played by Pakistani-Canadian newcomer Iman Vellani.

According to BBC News, the reviews thus far have been stunning.

Here are a few:

The Guardian – The paper’s TV critic Lucy Mangan wrote: “Normally, you would fear for a young actor, but Vellani seems so born to the purple [the colour of her powers] that you almost have to shrug and say, as an elder might to a nascent superhero in – oh, I don’t know, the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe] perhaps – that it is her destiny.”

The Financial Times – Journalist Dan Einav described the series as “a small yet significant piece of pop culture history”. He wrote: “That Kamala is a practising Muslim of Pakistani origin isn’t treated as incidental. Like the recent Pixar film Turning Red (and everything from Bend It Like Beckham to The Big Sick), the series humorously and sensitively reflects on the cultural gulf between parents rooted to tradition and children caught between their sense of identity and the desire to assimilate.”

Rolling Stone – Chief TV Critic Alan Sepinwall says “The best and worst thing I can say about Ms Marvel is that there are long stretches where it’s easy to forget it’s a Marvel show. The show’s first two instalments do such a strong job of establishing Kamala, her family, her friends… and the local Muslim community, that the MCU tie-ins can feel almost beside the point.” He added hover that her newfound superpowers serve as “a metaphor for Kamala trying to expand what she can be beyond familial and societal expectations”.

The Independent – Critic Nick Hilton wrote: “I’m not here to review good intentions – indeed, Marvel is such a rampantly commercial enterprise that there are doubtless cynical motives at play here – but it’s refreshing to see such commitment to creatives of South Asian origin leading a high-profile project. The creative influences are far more Michel Gondry and Edgar Wright than anything from South Asian film, but the whole thing is infused with a deep love of South Asian culture all the same.”

Empire Magazine – Destiny Jackson wrote: “Frothy and fun, Ms Marvel’s opening act is relatively lightweight, but for both adults and its teen target audience, it’s a compelling and unique addition to the MCU. For those who can roll with the punches of the awkward-but-relatable approach, there is much promise here.”

“Ms. Marvel” consists of six episodes, the first of which is currently streaming on Disney+.